ALEX Gilliead insists City fans will see a more “grown-up” player after returning to Valley Parade for a third time.

Gilliead has become the sixth signing for Derek Adams after returning to the club on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old, who made 58 appearances and scored twice in two loan spells with the Bantams, left Scunthorpe following the end of his contract.

Gilliead scooped six individual awards for the Iron last season and wore the captain’s armband on several occasions.

A winger when he previously played for City, he has been used more centrally in an attacking role.

Gilliead, who was an unused sub at Wembley in the 2017 League One play-off final loss to Millwall, said: “I am over the moon to be back here.

“I have spoken to the manager and the rest of the staff, and it is an exciting project which is being built.

“I have been here when we have been doing well, and when we have not really been doing so well, but this is a great club and I am looking forward to getting going again.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alex Gilliead in action for City at Fleetwood in January 2018Alex Gilliead in action for City at Fleetwood in January 2018

“The manager is a proven one at this level, having achieved what he has over the past few years, and what he had to say over the phone to me was very encouraging and exciting.

“I feel like I have grown up a lot as a player and as a person since my last spell here. I have a lot of different attributes now, and I want to show that to the supporters.”

Adams sees Gilliead as someone capable of “unlocking doors” as he looks to bring more goals to the team.

The City boss said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Alex back to Valley Parade and I am sure the Bradford City supporters cannot wait to see him in claret and amber again.

“He is a talented player with the ability to change games and unlock doors, which will be crucial for us in our pursuit of winning matches next season and beyond.

“Having watched him closely at Scunthorpe for the past couple of years, I am well aware of what he will add to the group.

“On top of bags of ability, Alex also has a great personality and leadership traits, which are always what we look for in players.”